(Closed) Article: “Why Did My Wedding Dress Cost So Much?” FYI before you buy, my dears!

posted 10 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Just out of curiosity, please vote which dress journey most aligns with your experience:

    I shopped in ONLY bridal salons and purchased IN-STORE at full price.

    I shopped in ONLY bridal salons and purchased IN-STORE at a negotiated, discounted price.

    I shopped ONLY online and purchased ONLINE at a discounted price.

    I shopped BOTH in-store and online but purchased IN-STORE at a discounted price.

    I shopped BOTH in-store and online but purchased ONLINE at a discounted price.

    Other Scenario (Please share with us below!)

  • Post # 3
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Props to all who budget shop, successfully… but when it comes down to it, women will value their wedding dress differently.  For some, it’s just another dress… and for others, it’s The Dress.  I think the first comment to the article/video summed up my thoughts perfectly:

    Pamela Picard (PamelaPicard) wrote:

    Cute story. Cost basis omits a host of manufacturing, marketing, advertising, transportation, distribution and other overhead costs plus taxes. It also omits the business expenses of the salon that served Caitlin when she selected, tried on, ordered and fitted the gown. Add all these activities, expenses, taxes, people and profit into the mix, the price of the gown is not out of line with its cost. She also misunderstands fabric. Unless apparel is made with a natural fiber such as silk, cotton, wool, hemp, it’s all synthetic. It comes in different grades from cheesy to sublime. You get what you pay for. At the end of the day, romances that culminate in a fairy tale wedding are all dreams of the little girl inside. Every woman stars in the story. Every woman wants to look like a million bucks and feel like a Queen. At the bottom line, if she feels like she was ripped off, it says about Caitlin than the wedding industry.

    Wed Apr 04 2012 13:42:43 GMT-0400 (EDT)”


    Post # 5
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @KimmySumShuga:  No offense taken!  I, too, looked at buying samples, used dresses, having a custom dress made, etc.  I had to become very well acquainted with what my dress was worth to me b/c what I ended up buying was from one of those off-the-rack, tags ripped out, high pressure sales people places.  I expressly didn’t want to buy my dress there.  However, it was my dream dress, and one of a kind, and at the end of the day, I would have been willing to pay what I did at any normal bridal salon without blinking.  

    Post # 6
    619 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    Something doesn’t sit right with me about going to try on dresses at a salon with no intention of buying from the salon. I know I’m probably in the minority.

    Post # 8
    2886 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have the Alfred Angelo gown you posted first!!! I LOVE HER!!! I pick her up tomorrow from my first alterations!!!!

    Post # 10
    5 posts
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @Over the Moon:  You are not alone!!! I have been to two dress shops so far and absolutely hated going there knowing these girls were going to push me to buy and wanted to make a commission off of me. So I’m like you I hate going into salons unless I’m going to buy.

    Post # 11
    2886 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @KimmySumShuga:  If I would embrace my curves instead of hiding them I would have gone with a more form fitting gown. As soon as I tried my dress on I was so in love! I will have to recap after my June wedding ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy Planning!

    Post # 13
    1282 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I was shopping around… Finally found *MY* dress at Alfed Angelo. The manager was really pressuring us to buy that day but I wasn’t comfortable with that… She said to us, “ok, I’ll give you $150 off” …I said “ok, I’ll go $175” ….just being sarcastic… And she said “you know what, that was funny… I’ll give you $175!” ๐Ÿ™‚ I still didn’t buy that day, they gave us a week to get that deal… I did have to pay $50 extr. For a petite length ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    There was another shop that I really wanted to purchase from… I loved the owner and she offers free alterations, for both my BMs and I.  However, she didn’t carry AA dresses (and I had picked an AA dres for my BMs too)… She called a friend who is a shop owner and carries AA… She agreed to order the dresses for my shop owner and to match the price that he AA shop offered me, the $175 off! 

    So, I got a discounted price and free alterations ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 15
    3572 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I wasn’t shopping on a particularly tight budget for my dress (£2500/$4000 with flexibility) but I was pretty specific about what I wanted.

    I wanted silk.

    I wanted buttons.

    I wanted a big ballgown with a train.

    I wanted off-the-shoulder.

    I wanted to be able to wear a serious corset underneath my dress.

    So I went out and tried on around 100 dresses in bridal shops and whilst I was happy with how I looked in a lot of them, none was “the one”.

    I’d been contemplating having my dress made, so I found myself a dressmaker I liked and thought I was all sorted until she started ignoring my emails. After THREE MONTHS, I managed to tie her down to admitting that she didn’t really want to do my dress (which was incredibly hurtful) and found myself another dressmaker.

    I’m glad she did, as I’ve had a lot of fun with my new dressmaker and I think she might stay a friend in the long term.

    I’ve ended up coming in under budget (£1500/$2400ish) with what I think is an amazing dress!

    (Pictures from my latest fitting.)

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